Hashim Amla has been a thorn in England's side all summer. Source: AP/theaustralian.com.au
England will be looking to gain some much needed momentum before their World T20 title defence when they face South Africa at Edgbaston in the early hours of Thursday morning (AEST). Following a washout in the second 20 over match between the sides in Manchester, the Proteas take a 1-0 series lead into the series decider and will be determined finish their tour of England with another victory. The tourists have won five and lost just two of their matches against the old enemy in the Northern hemisphere summer and have been ultra-impressive in doing so.
Hashim Amla has been the star performer for South Africa, topping the charts in both the Test and ODI series. He then showed his prowess for the shortest form of the game with an unbeaten 47 in the abandoned match two days ago. Experienced allrounder Jacques Kallis has also been in good form and averages almost 40 in T20 Internationals. Explosive batsman Richard Levi , who burst onto the scene with a 45 ball century against New Zealand earlier in the year, has since scored just 38 runs in four innings for his country and will need another good knock to make sure of his place in the XI in Sri Lanka.
For the hosts, Luke Wright is likely to get another chance after replacing an out-of-sorts Ravi Bopara in the side for the second match. The allrounder batted at three in that game and could be the player that they have been searching for to give the innings some impetus at the top of the order. Eoin Morgan is widely regarded as one of the best limited overs players in the world but has struggled for recent 20 over matches for his adopted country, passing double figures just once in his past five matches.
These sides have met in six completed twenty20 matches, with the tourists holding a four two advantage over England. There have been two T20 Internationals played in Birmingham, with the side batting first winning on both occasions.
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